Remembering a great life lesson

When I was in eighth grade, I learned a great life lesson at an unexpected event: a volleyball tournament.  For some reason I kept missing my serves during a particular match, likely 4 out of 5 times.  My coach didn’t get angry — he was confused.  I was usually a consistent and precise server, but…

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Myth #6: Drink milk for strong bones

The dairy industry has been successful in convincing us to drink milk to build strong bones.  But strong bones isn’t the only plus-side of calcium.  According to WHFoods.com, “Calcium is a very important mineral in human metabolism, making up about 1-2% of an adult human’s body weight. In addition to its widely known role in…

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Myth #4: Don’t eat late meals

Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors didn’t have the modern conveniences (grocery stores, refrigerators, or packaged foods) that we have today.  Different hypotheses exist as to how our ancestors ate, but one hypothesis is that they had to hunt their meat and gather their vegetables, which took a substantial amount of time.  They would snack…

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Myth #3: Detox helps you lose weight

Most people sign up for detox programs or cleanses to lose weight quickly.  This will work if they are fine with likely short term weight loss in the form of mostly water weight.  If you imagine skipping a day without food, or at least cutting down your regular portion sizes, you would expect to lose weight.  But…

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Myth #2: Carbs make you fat

When I asked an audience for examples of carbohydrates, the answers were “pasta, bread, and rice”.  I expected these answers and pressed on, quizzing if beans and legumes were carbohydrates.  They replied with a resounding “no”.  “What are they then?” I asked.  They stared back blankly.  Vegetables, perhaps? This can be quite confusing, as it…

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Myth #1: Fat makes you fat

While it’s true that fat contains the most calories per gram (9 kcal/g) than protein (4 kcal/g) and carbohydrates (4 kcal/g), we need to get away from fearing calories.  Calories are our bodies’ energy currency.  We need energy to function throughout the day, whether you’re hitting the treadmill or burning brain fuel on a work project.  But not all calories…

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Top 6 Nutrition Myths – Busted!

Health and nutrition recommendations have come a long way over the years, from recommending cocaine for headaches to accepting cigarettes as weight loss tools.  Luckily, science has proven these suggestions to not be in our health’s best favour.  As research improves and we learn more about how the body works, we are also debunking many…

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New birthday traditions

Living on the other side of the world from “home” means missing out on some of the most cherished life events: bridal showers; bachelorette (or hen) parties; weddings; baby showers; births; birthdays; and of course, holidays like Christmas and Easter.  While we chose to move away from home, it’s hard not being included in the…

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A year of blessings

Today, the 25th of June, marks one year since our baby girl has graced our lives.  There has never truly been a moment where I ever wanted to stop time or even slow down.  Yet I have heard myself say to people, “Slow down time!” when they comment how she has gotten so big, so…

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